compound, odd-pinnate, pinnate
brown, green, yellow
April - May
15.0 - 30.0
Looks like: bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis) - shagbark hickory (Carya ovata) - mockernut hickory (Carya tomentosa) No hair, 5-7 leaflets. Small black hairs on leaves and small fruit. Buds less than 3/4”.
Songbirds and small mammals use this tree and it also serves as a primary host for some magnificent moths such as the luna moth, funerary dagger, and giant regal.
The pear-shaped nut ripens in September and October and is an important part of the diet of many wild animals. The wood is used for a variety of products, including fuel for home heating.
Dry slopes & dunes, dry to moist woods and upland woods.
The tough, heavy wood makes excellent tool handles, broom handles, and sport implements. About four-fifths of all hickory wood goes into the manufacture of tool handles, for which no other wood is as well suited. It is also used in agricultural implements, athletic goods such as bats, and interior parts of furniture.